Will Askari Bank’s new CEO succeed in his desire to shake the bank out of its stupor?

Abid Sattar took over as the CEO of Askari Bank in August 2018. Somebody forgot to tell his LinkedIn profile, which still lists him...

Why is Pakistan unable to develop a competitive-export focused industrial sector?

Pakistan can come out of its intermittent economic crisis by embarking on export-based industry that would help improve the country’s current account balances, experts...

Pakistan Post has changed for the better. But will this be good enough?

During their early rule in the subcontinent, the Mughals employed runners who would take daak (letters and parcels) from one point to another and...

Is Bykea the first (next?) Pakistani unicorn in the making?

Ever since Rabeel Warraich announced that he had raised the funds to create one of Pakistan’s first institutionalized venture capital funds, the country’s startup...

How Iqbal Z Ahmed became the Gas King of Pakistan

Search for Iqbal Z Ahmed on the internet and you will find stories of how one man has hijacked the energy sector of the...

The economics of Tableeghi Jamaat

Raiwind – a small city at the outskirts of Lahore – is home to one of the largest religious movements in South: the Tableeghi...

Why people don’t invest in PSX, and why you should

I will start this piece by quoting two people who are considered authorities on investments. The first is a respected economist and Nobel laureate...

Pakistanis are starting to spend more on healthcare. Siemens is counting on it

Walk into upscale restaurants in Pakistan and you will find menus that advertise offerings that conform to the “keto” diet. At some exclusive gyms,...

Are an active NAB and FBR in Pakistan’s best economic interest?

On March 15, former intelligence officer and defence analyst Asad Munir, a retired brigadier in the Pakistan Army, committed suicide by hanging himself from...

What on earth happened to TCS & can Saira Awan fix it?

The pace of change can sometimes overtake even the best companies, including those that have achieved the coveted “verb status”. In most of urban...

Lobbying and philanthropy: how Pakistan’s largest businesses seek structural reform

It is no secret that the economy of Pakistan needs structural reforms in order to begin functioning adequately. And while many look to the...

This 18-year-old wants to put your own personal safety in the palm of your hands

What would you do if you are walking down the street and saw a fight break out? For 18-year-old high school student Faizullah Arain,...

How D-Watson continues to survive the onslaught it faces from large supermarket chains

The pharmacy business in Pakistan is not easy these days. In days past, all one needed to do in order to do well was...

Warning Seth Sahib: The startups are coming for you

Mudassir Sheikha’s successful sale of Careem will galvanize the Pakistani startup ecosystem, and imbue it with something it has lacked so far: serious financial power

How Musadaq Zulqarnain became a billionaire by selling socks

In 1992, two brothers Musadaq Zulqarnain and Naveed Fazil along with their friend Tariq Iqbal Khan, set out to establish a company producing hosiery...

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